Indians’ Andrew Miller aggravates knee injury, leaves game

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 file photo, American League's Cleveland Indians pitcher Andrew Miller throws a pitch, during the MLB baseball All-Star Game in Miami. The Cleveland Indians have placed All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list with right knee tendinitis. Miller is one of baseball's best late-innings pitchers and he's one of the most important players for the defending AL champions. He has been uncharacteristically wild of late, walking 10 batters in the past 21 innings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Miller aggravated a right knee injury and was pulled from a game days after Cleveland’s relief ace returned from the disabled list.

Miller threw seven pitches in the seventh inning Monday night before leaving a game against the Boston Red Sox. It was his second appearance since spending two weeks on the DL with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Cleveland said he left Monday with the same injury.

Miller began the seventh by walking Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts on six pitches – including a number of fastballs that failed to reach 90 mph – and then threw one pitch to Andrew Benintendi before walking off the mound. Indians manager Terry Francona and a team trainer had a brief conversation with Miller, who then left the field.

The left-hander is 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings.

Indians slugger Carlos Santana also left the game with an injury, exiting in the eighth inning with lower back tightness.